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FRIDAY, MAY 26th

 

IMS’ flagship open air party will return to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site in Ibiza with this top lineup guiding us through the evening.

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A MEMORABLE NINTH ADDITION

The ninth year of IMS Ibiza was a memorable one thanks to anticipated keynotes from legendary duos Yello and Pet Shop Boys, a shocking confession from Erick Morillo on drug addiction and thoughtful debates on issues of the industry like streaming, Ibiza’s changing culture and gender and diversity in the music industry.

Renowned artists like Richie Hawtin, Dubfire, Kolsch, Nicole Moudaber and B.Traits joined industry icons from Live Nation, Facebook, Spinnin’ Records, Ushuaïa and many more.

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    Pet Shop Boys

    Pet Shop Boys (Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) are the most successful duo in UK music history. Since signing to Parlophone Records in1985, they have achieved 42 Top 30 singles in the UK including 22 Top 10 hits and four number ones. They have released 12 studio albums all of which have made the UK Top 10 as well as album charts around the world.

    In 2000 they received the Ivor Novello Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Music and at the 2009 BRIT Awards they were presented with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

    As writers, producers and remixers, Tennant and Lowe have collaborated, remixed or written for a wide range of artists including Dusty Springfield, Lady Gaga, Liza Minnelli, Madonna, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, The Killers and Girls Aloud.

    Pet Shop Boys have also written the West End musical Closer to Heaven with playwright Jonathan Harvey, produced in 2001 by the Really Useful Group. In 2004 they performed their soundtrack to the classic silent film, Battleship Potemkin, with the Dresden Sinfoniker in a free concert in Trafalgar Square presented by the ICA; they have since performed it at various spectacular outdoor events in Germany, Spain and the UK. In 2011, Pet Shop Boys composed a ballet, The Most Incredible Thing, based on the Hans Christian Anderson story of the same title. The project was a collaboration with choreographer Javier De Frutos and Britain’s leading dance theatre, Sadler’s Wells. The ballet won the Evening Standard Theatre Award and was given a second season at Sadler’s Wells the following year.

    In 2012 Pet Shop Boys appeared before a worldwide television audience during the London Olympics’ closing ceremony. Two years later, Tennant and Lowe’s collaboration with Alan Turing biographer Andrew Hodges, A Man From The Future, received its world premiere as a Late Night Prom concert at the Royal Albert Hall with the BBC Concert Orchestra, the BBC Singers and narrator Juliet Stevenson.

    In their live shows over the last 20 years, Pet Shop Boys have created an original and influential style of pop musical theatre, collaborating with directors, designers and artists including Derek Jarman, David Alden and David Fielding, Zaha Hadid, Sam Taylor-Wood and Es Devlin. Their 2009-2011 arena tour, Pandemonium, was described in a five-star review in The Times as “the ravishing pop spectacle of the year”.

    Pet Shop Boys released their last album Electric in 2013, produced by Stuart Price. The album received great critical acclaim and gave Pet Shop Boys their highest album chart positions for 20 years in the UK and USA. The accompanying Electric tour subsequently visited 38 countries over three years and received ecstatic audience and critical reactions.

    Pet Shop Boys’ new album, Super, was also produced by Stuart Price and will be released worldwide on April 1. In July Pet Shop Boys will play an exclusive four-date residency entitled Inner Sanctum at the Royal Opera House in London. The concerts will be staged by designer Es Devlin and choreographer Lynne Page.

    Yello

    Yello

    Listeners today are used to pop music that transcends genres and scoffs at pigeonholing. From Hip Hop to Lady Gaga – good pop music today draws upon sound archives, moving effortlessly through genres with the most advanced studio techniques and sampling: Sound-collage is the way to go. Without exaggeration, one can easily trace the roots of this development to the Swiss band Yello.

    Already thirty years ago, Yello started compiling a kind of trans-global studiotricksound, a branch of music that defies categorization and is so unique there is simply no label that would make sense. What could you possibly call a crossing of avant-garde pop, fake-rap and sound witchcraft, headstrong mix of funk and humor, pre-techno and snappy woodwind sets? Yello has been called idiosyncratic, eccentric, quixotic and exceptional. And they are indeed.

    When Yello began they were a trio: sound inventors Boris Blank and Carlos Perón with vocalist Dieter Meier. From their inception, the three performed with truly exciting video clips.The videos, which still remain current, represent a congenial visual representation of the extraordinary Yello sounds – almost hypnotic image collages with thrilling cuts that shaped what today we call MTV aesthetics.

    Yello released their first records with the rather obscure independent label Ralph Records, which belonged to the even more obscure Residents from San Francisco. The Residents were outsiders to the pop biz, more artists than musicians – in other words: Yello’s creative soul-mates. Still, it was quite unusual and proves the exceptional quality of Yello, that a band from Switzerland could make it with the great avant-gardists from San Francisco.

    Carlos Péron soon left the band to become a producer. Yello now joined the league of the most successful duos in pop history, like the Pet Shop Boys, Wham, Eurythmics or Sparks. The notorious characteristics of a duo are almost always true: one comes to the fore, the other stays in the background. This division is visible with Yello: Boris Blank is more of a shy gadgeteer in the studio, while Dieter Meier shines in public appearances. The same holds true for their work. Dieter Meier once said: “Boris Blank works like a painter in his studio who starts 50 paintings at once” – and from time to time Meier stops by in this studio and does his part by tying them together. Nevertheless, Meier and Blank appear, through their sensibility and passion for style, like identical twins.

    Yello’s success and their prominent position in the canon of great pop can hardly be overrated. In Switzerland the duo continues to represent a kind of national sanctuary, second only to the Matterhorn. Yello is by far the most successful and seminal pop export of their country. Over and over again singles they released, like “Oh Yeah”, “I Love You” or “The Race” appeared on the international charts. To have such success in countries like Britain for example, remains a privilege achieved by few other bands from German speaking countries.

    The gimmickry of Yello’s sound art, this mixture of speaker killing sound clarions and humoresque tones, widely appreciated by HiFi fetishists, is so strong that Yello tunes are still used for various Hollywood productions, from “Miami Vice” to “The Simpsons”. At the forefront, of course is the track “Oh Yeah” with that legendary deep voice of Dieter Meier, used in memorable scenes of the cult movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

    Yello has an extraordinary ability to merge the acoustic with the visual. Like nobody else, they almost compose audio-visually and this is one of the reasons why Yello music is in such high demands – even in the advertising industry. Yello music is from the get-go a soundtrack, the visual processing constitutes part of the first step.

    Also unforgettable is their hit “The Race”, which in 1988 became the theme song for “Formel 1″, the most popular German pop and video clip show from the 80s. Naturally this made the video clip director Dieter Meier, who was also responsible for Trio’s “Da Da Da” video and “Big In Japan” by Alphaville, exceptionally happy.

    Yello is a band from the 80s, which is when they were also the most successful, yet they remain current like few other acts from that time. If nothing else, the remix album “Hands on Yello” that was released in 1995, proved that Yello continues to influence following generations. Many big names from the golden techno years, like Moby, Westbam, The Orb, Mark Spoon or Carl Cox technofied their favourite songs by Yello – also to make clear that Yello is a significant part of their musical heritage as DJ’s. Yello had such importance for the era of techno, placing them in the elite company of groups like Kraftwerk or the Yellow Magic Orchestra from Japan, a few more of Yello’s creative soul-mates.

    But Yello is by no means a nostalgia band or just the avantgarde of yesterday, quite the contrary. It is stunning how well Yello has aged. Boris Blank still drives to his studio in Zurich everyday to work on his sound collages. Dieter Meier shoots films and has been represented in various international exhibitions since his contribution to the 1972 Documenta. Their numerous seminal collaborations with various artists including Stina Nordenstam, Till Brönner and the Swiss Heidi Happy, testify to Yello’s relevance today. Many of their collaborators continue to be young protagonists of the music scene, folk music stars like Nordenstam or internationally renowned jazz trumpeters like Brönner. It’s hard to believe they have been working for over 30 years.

    Yello still prove they know how to expand the boundaries of music, readjusting themselves in a system called Yello. Their last album “Touch Yello” rocketed up the German charts after a silent period of six years, going platinum in Switzerland and demonstrating once more: Yello always remains an extraordinary band. Their unbroken originality is multifacited and manifested itself in various projects such as three futuristic “virtual concerts” in Berlin, Zurich and Vienna, which sold out within hours and became first rate, memorable multimedia spectacles.

    On November 5, 2010 Yello released “Yello by Yello”, a very personal appraisal of the last 30 years. The album is available in two configurations:

    “Yello By Yello – The Singles Collection 1980-2010″ contains 20 of the greatest hits of Yello’s long career, plus a newly produced and arranged version of their hit “Vicious Games” which features vocals by Swiss pop singer Heidi Happy, making it more compelling than ever. The “Singles Collection” also includes a DVD with 23 visionary Yello videos.

    “Yello By Yello – The Anthology Box” is an opulently designed three CD set. In addition to “The Singles Collection 1980-2010″ it contains the double CD “The Anthology” for which Dieter Meier and Boris Blank selected their personal favorites, the Yello songs that remain especially groundbreaking for them. In addition, Yello has included three new songs as a present to their fans : “Dialectical Kid”, “Liquid Lies” and “Tears Run Dry”. Every one of them shows how vital and contemporary Yello remains in 2010. “The Anthology Box” also includes a DVD with all of Yello’s most trailblazing videos. On top of that, this premium set contains a 48 page booklet with rare photographs and personal commentary by Yello on various points of their truly unique carrier.

    VIDEO & MUSIC Awards

    1983: «I love you»; Video Oscar, Mr. Fantasy, RAI Televisione, Mailand
    1985: «Pinball Cha Cha»; «Music Video – the Industry and its Fringes», Collection of Museum of Modern Art, New York
    1986: «Desire»; Winner Music Clip Award, MIDEM Cannes
    1986: «Vicious Games»; Nomination Music Clip Award, MIDEM Cannes
    1988: «The Race»; Diamond Award for best special effects, Bruxelles
    1990: «The Race»; World Music Award, Monte Carlo
    1988: «Startest X-Tra», 28th Rose d’or, best independent TV production (Prod. Stein Film GmbH / Mani Hildebrand), Montreux
    1994: «I love you» & «Goldrush», Collection of Kunsthaus Zurich
    1994: «YELLO Jam Special», Winner of 37th New York Film & TV Festival (Prod. DoRo)
    1997: YELLO: Art Award of the city of Zurich
    2008: “Eyes and Ears Excellence Award”, Munich
    2009: E.D.I Award for music film “Touch YELLO”, Switzerland
    2010: Swiss Music Achievement Award, Zurich
    2012: Rose d’or, Music award, KKL Lucerne
    2014: Artistika 2, Honorary award, Visp, Switzerland
    2014: Echo Award for life achievement, Germany

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    Alexander Jung

    Alexander Ljung launched SoundCloud in 2008 with co-founder and CTO, Eric Wahlforss. As CEO, Alex is responsible for SoundCloud’s vision, overall strategy and leadership. He oversees a global team of more than 300 people, representing over 30 different nationalities and languages.

    SoundCloud is for everyone. It’s a platform for people to discover new, original music and audio, for creators to build audiences, and for everyone to share what they hear whether online or on mobile. Today, SoundCloud reaches more than 350 million people every month, 175 million of whom are unique listeners. Creators post 12 hours of new content on SoundCloud every minute and more than 10 million creators are heard every year.

    In 2014, Alex was named in Billboard magazine’s annual ’40 under 40′, highlighting music’s most disruptive power players. In the same year, MIT Technology Review recognized Alex as one of ’35 innovators under 35’ shaping their fields. In 2013, Alex was named ‘One to Watch’ in Fortune magazine’s ’40 under 40′ and European Entrepreneur of the Year by The European Commission and The Next Web, as one of Europe’s most influential and innovative entrepreneurs. SoundCloud and Alex were also awarded Tech Pioneer status by the World Economic Forum in 2013, recognizing the company’s position as a market leader in online audio.

    Alex’s personal interests lie in the positive change and wider societal impact technology and design can have. In his spare time, he enjoys listening to all genres of music, and audio such as podcasts; traveling; geeking out on academic theories; and diving shipwrecks. He’s also a proud member of The Cloud Appreciation Society.

    Prior to co-founding SoundCloud, Alex began his career working in sound design for feature films and obtained a M.S. from The Royal Institute of Technology. He was born in the UK, grew up in Sweden and splits his time between SoundCloud’s HQ in Berlin and the U.S. offices in San Francisco and New York.

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    Becky Tong

    Becky Tong is the most in demand rising female DJ in London.

    Co-founder of Juicebox, a club night and artist development group, Becky is at the very forefront of new music and this is evident in her eclectic and contemporary DJ sets which performs across the globe.

    Daughter of world famous DJ Pete Tong, Becky didn’t have to look far for a mentor and has recently shared the stage with her Father in Singapore.

    Equally as comfortable playing to a few thousand in a club or festival environment as she is to a few hundred in fashion store launch; Becky has seamlessly combined her passion for music and fashion to great effect. Occasionally joining forces with childhood friend and model, Amber Le Bon; Le Bon Tong DJs are a successful duo on the fashion and branded events scene.

    This year sees Becky take the role of music Director for the W hotel group and she continues to write her acclaimed monthly music and fashion based diary column for Harpers Bazaar.

    Becky is regularly featured in both fashion and music press making her a highly desirable artist for brands looking to garner press coverage for their events.

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    Carl Craig

    Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native Detroit. Yet the common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism. The prolific producer has cultivated a unique path as an artist, entrepreneur and civic leader, guided by his tendency toward forward thinking.

    “My livelihood is making music that I can perform, whether I’m doing orchestral production or modular strangeness or generating club music. I don’t restrict myself,” said Craig. “I defined myself by being who I am. The ultimate self respect is when you say you’re going to do something and you go and do it to the best of your ability.”

    Craig released his first track in 1989 on a Virgin UK compilation album, two singles followed on labels run by his first collaborator, Derrick May. After a series of ambitious releases for his co-owned Retroactive imprint, in 1991 Craig launched his record label Planet E, with the groundbreaking EP “4 Jazz Funk Classics”, under his alias 69. Planet E turned 20 in 2011 and Craig celebrated the label’s history by taking Planet-E and its artists and collaborators on a world tour for the first time ever. As well as this, Planet E invited friends of the label – including Luciano, Kirk Degiorgio, Loco Dice and more – to pick their favorite Planet E track to remix and re-release. Reflecting a year that was packed with events and releases, Craig readily admits that when he started the label he was hoping “it would last forever.” He cites artistic freedom as the highlight of running the label and adds, “It was never a struggle for the label to be an outlet for my or other people’s music. It was always a struggle to stay in business, actually a war to stay in business.” In 2012, Craig took his 69 alias on a live tour; ‘69 Live’, headlined festivals and clubs around the world, fusing masks, darkness and the music of 69. In the same year he was also voted in the top DJs that rule the Earth in Rolling Stone and appeared on the cover of the world’s biggest electronic music magazine, Mixmag. In 2013, he released a 3-CD album on Ministry of Sound, entitled ‘Masterpiece’. The album includes one disc of music Carl was inspired by, one disc of current selections and one special disk of new music, entitled ‘Meditation’, a modular jam of Moroderesque compositions, inspired by David Lynch’s meditation techniques (Lynch, a great advocator of Transcendental Meditation), and an electronic tribute to his beloved city of Detroit.

    Looking back now to Craig’s early releases from 1989-1992, one can see how much the wild variety found in his early music set the groundwork for his diverse career. He’s fortunate to serve as an inspiration and influence to countless artists in the underground electronic music scene, as well as crossover acts like Underworld, Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem. His 1992 Innerzone Orchestra cut “Bug in the Bassbin” was credited as the spark that inspired the evolution of drum‘n’bass. In typical Craig fashion, “Bug…” continued to develop, morphing into a live jazz composition in 1996. In turn, those experiments laid the ground for Craig to incorporate Jazz elements onto his 1999 I.O. album “Programmed.” Then in the 00’s Craig explored jazz further still as producer on the albums “The Detroit Experiment” and “Rebirth” (2009) for legendary Detroit Jazz collective, Tribe. This is but one example of Craig’s continually evolving exploration of sound.

    Craig’s prolific nature is reflected in the many recording projects he has used throughout his career including 69, BFC, C2, Innerzone Orchestra, No Boundaries, Psyche, Paperclip People and Tres Demented. This rotating cast of aliases has enabled him to continually explore new directions through a long succession of full length albums, mix CDs and singles including “Throw” (1994), “Landcruising” (1995), “The Secret Tapes of Dr

    Eich” (1996), “More Songs About Food and Revolutionary Art” (1997),
    “Programmed” (1999), “The Detroit Experiment” (2002), “The Workout” (2002), “Just Another Day” (2004), “Fabric 25” (2005), “The Album Formerly Known As” (2005), “Paris Live” (2007), “Sessions” (2008), “Recomposed” (with Moritz Von Oswald) (2008), “The Legendary Adventures of a Filter King” (2009), “Modular Pursuits” (2010) and “Last Decade” (2012).

    Craig’s interest in collaboration continually grows. For ‘Versus’, one of his boldest endeavors to date, Craig combines techno and classical music, opening himself up to working in a new format by collaborating with orchestrator / pianist Francesco Tristano, French orchestra Les Siècles, conductor Francois Xavier Roth and Moritz Von Oswald. Inspired by well-received performances in large concerts halls in Paris, Milan and Germany, Craig started the process of developing the project into an album. He also performs as a Trio alongside Von Oswald and Tristano. His occasional appearances with the electronic collective jam band Narod Niki, alongside Villalobos, Luciano, Richie Hawtin, Zip and others, have led to him appearing in part live / part DJ gigs with Luciano. Additionally he’s taken to occasionally bringing keyboardists like Mike Banks (UR), Amp Fiddler and Tristano into the DJ booth with him for special one-off gigs. These mixed performances add some variety in a non-stop DJ schedule that finds him spinning at top clubs worldwide. Craig acknowledges, “Touring has always been the most important aspect of the music industry for artists. There will always be that desire for human interaction.” Let’s also mention that he has recently performed live soundtracks to films, first in Amsterdam then in New York, where he improvised live to an Andy Warhol film at Unsound Festival. The fact is unpredictability is the only predictable thing about Craig and his music.

    Outside of his Planet E recordings, Craig also continues to be one of the most sought-after remixers in the world. He has produced a seemingly never-ending list of remixes that now extends over 100 cuts, including mixes for the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Junior Boys (Grammy Award nominated), Gavin Russom & Delia Gonzalez, Theo Parrish, Tori Amos, Can, Goldfrapp, Friendly Fires, Tom Trago, Slam, Caribou, Tiga, Unkle, Henrik Schwarz, Life & Death, tINI, Yello and others. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2008 for his mix of the Junior Boys “Like a Child.” “It’s been proven that the remix is a valid art form,” Craig said. “When I take on a project, the ultimate goal is that it becomes my record. In many cases I’m actually recomposing the track and the time that I spend reflects how personal it becomes.” Fortunately there is no shortage of artists looking for that Carl Craig touch, so rest assured you’ll hear Craig reconfiguring many of your favorite artists for years to come.

    In the same way that he likes to make tracks he’s remixing his own, Craig’s commitment to his home in Detroit is also something very personal. After launching a festival to rival that of any in Europe with the Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 (now entitled Movement, which today he still has a strong role in). This commitment to Detroit music also extends to how his Planet E family of labels is run. Not only has it given a home to a wide range of Detroit-based artists including Francesco Mora Catlett, Naomi Daniel, Flexitone, Jason Hogans, Kenny Larkin, Monty Luke, Ezana Harris, Moodyman, Mike Agent X, Terrence Parker, Oliverwho Factory, Recloose, Reference, Kevin Saunderson, Big Tone, Tribe, Urban Tribe, and Chaz Vincent, it has also been serving as a distributor for Detroit imprints including Derrick May’s Transmat and Stacey Pullen’s Black Flag. “The reality of the

    business is that you have to change. That’s a very difficult process, especially as an independent. I made a conscious decision a few years ago to invest in what I do. It’s turning it around and putting it into the studio and the label for my music to develop. We’re fighters around here. We fight to find new ways of selling. We do manufacture vinyl and there are people who want it. We’re fighting to keep it alive. Fighting for music that we have a vision for,” Craig says about Detroit. “My commitment to the city is like a commitment to your family. I’ve been here all my life and I’ve seen great things happen elsewhere, why not be involved in making my home great?”

    In 2014, Carl Craig began a new event concept ‘Detroit Love’, designed to bring together and support the sounds of Detroit and take a little of the techno brotherhood to clubs and festivals the world over. “My love for Detroit is my inspiration, my inspiration is ‘Detroit Love”, says Craig. Detroit Love was launched at ADE 2014, in the underground recesses of Amsterdam’s North Sea Jazz club. Craig invited Detroit natives Recloose, Moodymann – who played a set encompassing disco, soul, house and hip-hop, and Mad Mike Banks to play keys over Carl Craig’s Moog infused 4-cd-deck closing set, which included live editing, sampling, scratching and looping of soundscapes ranging from ambient textures to masterful techno. A Detroit focused line-up, showcasing only a few of the sublime talent that Detroit has to offer, the launch was a special and unforgettable night for those who attended. At year’s end Craig remixed Caribou’s ‘Your Love Will Set You Free’ – which became an instant classic. “Carl Craig is a peerless remixer, I’ve dreamed of having him remix one of my tracks for ages. He was one of the first people to publicly mention how much he liked ‘Swim’ when it was released and we’ve been in touch since then. Before I’d gathered up the courage to ask him to remix a track on this album he got in touch and suggested it himself. The result is superlative and speaks for itself.” – said Dan Snaith. Pete Tong made ‘Your Love Will Set You Free’ his first Essential New Tune of 2015, setting precedent for the year to come, with the remix gaining over 500,000 listens on soundcloud in only a few weeks.

    When Craig explains his philosophy, his wry sense of humor seeps into his explanations of far-reaching concepts that merge worlds together. “I have a very special career. When I feel that I’m tired of going on the road I can go in the studio. When I’m tired of concentrating on the studio I can go on the road. I can work with concert pianists, jazz musicians or rock guys. Very few people have that range of interests. Very few people juggle a career that they choose specifically.” No one else can pull it all together quite like Carl Craig.

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    Clark Warner

    Executive Creative Director, Beatport

    As Executive Creative Director, Clark Warner oversees the Beatport brand and voice. He joined the company in 2007 as Label Manager, and has since held such roles as Director of Content and VP of Music Services before assuming his current role in March of 2012. Under his watch, Beatport has become the world’s most recognizable non-artist dance music brand.

    Warner’s passion for dance music stems from a 20-year career as an active DJ in clubs worldwide, from Berlin to Ibiza, and Los Angeles to Miami. He has had residencies at various venues in Detroit and New York, and performed at such festivals as DEMF/Movement, Sonar, and Mutek. He was instrumental in developing dance labels Minus and Plus 8 Records with longtime collaborator Richie Hawtin, and has worked as a tour manager and event producer with Art of Dance Records, Made in Detroit, and The Final Cut.

    A native of Detroit, Warner fell in love with music listening to the city’s late night radio programs, and later co-produced the Focus:Electronic monthly radio segment on WDET-FM for five years. A sought after expert on dance music and DJ culture, Warner is a regular speaker at the Winter Music Conference, IMS Ibiza, and Red Bull Music Academy, and sits on the board of the Association for Electronic Music. His insights have appeared in such publications as the Independent UK, Billboard magazine, New York Times, Groove, and the Detroit Free Press.

    An avid art fan, Warner lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children, where enjoys skateboarding, attending shows, and continues to DJ when he gets the chance.

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    Craig McLean

    Craig McLean is a journalist and editor covering the arts and creative industries. Formerly Deputy Editor of The Face, he is a regular contributor to publications including The Saturday Telegraph Magazine, The Observer Magazine, The Times, The Independent on Sunday New Review, ES magazine, FT Weekend, Radio Times, Mail On Sunday Event and BA High Life. He is editor of SohoCreate, the recently-launched magazine accompanying the London creative ideas festival of the same name, and a TV researcher at Whizz Kid entertainment. He recently interviewed Nick Cave live on stage at London’s Porchester Hall, and last year hosted panels at IMS Ibiza and the inaugural SohoCreate.

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    Damian Lazarus

    The mysterious allure of musical vibrations can perplex and intrigue in equal amounts at the best of times, not least when the sorcery of a certain Damian Lazarus comes into play. Crosstown Rebels, Day Zero, Get Lost, Rebel Rave, his own DJ and production career, the discovery of a wealth of influential talents… all of these achievements and more make him not only one of the most respected..

     

    exponents of the contemporary house and techno scene, but also one of its key tastemakers and pathfinders.As a DJ, his mastery is unsurpassed. A true storyteller, Damian often holds court at those special times of the day when only his kind of DJ sets are required. Moments that demand a soundtrack that not only fits the mood, but elevates the atmosphere and takes the audi-ence to a whole other level of experience. Besides playing at the world’s best clubbing institutions (resident at DC10 in Ibiza for almost 10 years), Damian also specialises in performing beyond the confines of the walls of a club. He is an expert in performing his magic in extraordinary outdoor locations; jungles, beaches, the Robot Heart bus in the Nevada desert, Mayan ruins in Mexico and a whole host of other spellbinding sites around the world. Just one look at the superlative Day Zero event will tell you what Damian’s ethos is when it comes to outdoor exploits. Add to that Get Lost and Rebel Rave, two more events that epitomise his approach to hosting alfresco shows.Damian’s visionary abilities are no more apparent than in the curation of music and his discovery of artists via the seminal label, Crosstown Rebels. During its 12-year lifespan, the label has been responsible for launching the careers of some of our scene’s best-known names; Jamie Jones, Art Department, Maceo Plex, Deniz Kurtel… His A&R skills are second-to-none, in direct correlation with the curation of his DJ sets. It’s his dedica-tion to seeking out unique talents that has helped to make his label one of the most influential outlets of recent times.Crosstown’s sorcerer-in-chief has also applied these same bewildering powers to the de-velopment of his latest collaborative artist project, Damian Lazarus and The Ancient Moons. Lazarus has been joined at the production controls by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Florence), with album recording sessions recently completed in Mexico. The project brings together a wide assortment of vocalists, collaborators and players from around the world. Taking inspiration from Lazarus’s Lazpod series, Get Lost events and Day Zero festival, this is music for deserts, jungles and sunrises.

    In tandem with the album project, Damian has also conceived a live show, with assorted cast of musicians who will perform live alongside the chief wizard himself. Damian Lazarus And The Ancient Moons will be hitting the road soon, bringing a whole new dimension to festival stages and intriguing outdoor locations.

    Throughout a career spanning many years Damian Lazarus has worked tirelessly to main-tain a constant flow of creativity and innovation within the house and techno sphere. Never losing focus, he continues on his mystical pathway to greatness, unleashing his positive spirit on the masses at every opportunity.

    Open your mind, embrace the magic, and get ready for the next spellbinding chapter…

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    Greg Consiglio

    CEO, Beatport, USA

    Greg Consiglio President & CEO, Beatport Greg Consiglio joined Beatport as President and CEO in July of 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the global operations of the Beatport platform, consisting of the Beatport Pro store, the Beatport streaming music service, Beatport News, and video livestreaming service Beatport Live. Greg most recently served as President and Chief Operating Officer of SFX Entertainment (NASDQ SFXE), the largest producer of live events dedicated to electronic music. Prior to joining SFX, Greg was a member of the founding management team and President/COO of Viggle, Inc. (NASDQ VGGL), the leading marketing and entertainment rewards platform, from 2011-2015. From August 2006 to February 2010 he served in a variety of roles at Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc., leaving the company as EVP of Business Development, where he oversaw the company’s new business initiatives including online affiliate sales and marketing, online sponsorships, advertising sales, third party alliances, resale sponsorships and the creation and management of new revenue streams beyond ticketing. Previously Greg served in a variety of business development and operational roles at America Online, Inc.’s International Division – overseeing new market development and substantially expanding AOL’s global footprint – including several years as Managing Director, Asia based in Hong Kong. Greg’s earlier career included new market development strategy work for a consultancy he co-founded as well as work in government relations for Nortel and accounting and consulting at KPMG. Greg holds an MA in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University and a BA in Government and English from Clark University.

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    Richie Hawtin

    Artist, DJ, conceptualist and ambassador, more than anyone else in modern electronic music, Richie Hawtin has relentlessly proved himself to be a true innovator. The one-man mogul behind acclaimed Techno imprints Plus 8 & Minus sends signals out all over the world from his HQ in an old fire station in Windsor, Ontario – just across the border from Detroit Techno City. The signals are constantly evolving, his Plastikman persona gave Techno a unique face with a series of four ruthlessly minimal albums of skeletal beauty, while breathtaking festival live sets at Glastonbury and Tribal Gathering helped invent stadium Techno. His “Decks, EFX & 909” album released on Novamute in 1999 expanded the concept of a DJ mix album beyond the imagination of most DJs. As a pioneering DJ and party promoter he was banned from entering America for 18 months. Yet this jet-setting international futurist is as at home exhibiting alongside acclaimed modern sculptor Anish Kapoor as he is headlining a bush rave with Josh Wink somewhere in Western Australia.

    More of a decade into his career, it’s no surprise that the every-youthful Hawtin is up to something new. This time, he’s reconstructing the DJ mix album even further with “DE9: Closer To The Edit”, the groundbreaking new album set for release on the novamute label in September 2001.

    His first mix album, for the Mixmag Live series, saw him use extra effects and drum machines as long ago as 1993, “Decks, EFX & 909” cut laser-style between tracks and now, “DE9: Closer To The Edit”, sees Hawtin use his sampler to tear the skin and the flesh from the tracks until there’s just a skeleton left, which he reassembles into a kind of Frankenstein’s robot. The result is a mix album like you’ve never heard before.

    Hawtin describes this unique process “I recorded, sampled, cut and spliced over 100 tracks down into their most basic components. I ended up with over 300 loops, ranging in different lengths. I started to recreate and reinterpret each track and then put the pieces back together, as if an audio jigsaw puzzle – using effects and edits as the glue between each piece”.

    A classic like Carl Craig’s ‘4 My Peepz’ (under his Paperclip People guise) breathes in and out in less than a minute, like a lonely spirit lost on the hard drive.

    “I don’t like mix CDs, everyone’s being lazy, so I gotta do something different,” says Hawtin. “Some people think it’s about me using some extra equipment – a drum machine and some effects – but it’s a whole philosophy really. ‘Let’s take it to the extreme, to somewhere that’s it never been before’ “

    Hawtin believes the whole DJ thing is stuck in a groove. So beyond “DE9…” he is championing a new DJ system developed in Holland called Final Scratch, with Plus 8 partner John Acquaviva. Dance and Electronic music is the most technology-based genre of all, but to Hawtin’s frustration it’s still rooted in a music delivery system developed in the 19th Century: the gramophone record. Even though more and more DJs play tracks burnt onto CD, vinyl still rules because it’s easier and instinctive to control. Final Scratch links up to the normal two-turntables-and-mixer set up, but lets you play tracks stored on a laptop using a special piece of vinyl as a ‘mouse’, or controller. You can access literally thousands of tracks, and scratch, cut, slow and mix them just like normal records using this special piece of vinyl. It’s nothing short of revolutionary. As Hawtin enthuses: “It feels and acts like a regular record.” He’s already using Final Scratch to play unreleased tracks by Josh Wink and Speedy J, and special re-edits of some of Hawtin’s classics and personal faves.

    Born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England, on June 4th 1970 Hawtin emigrated with his family when he was nine to Windsor, Ontario, where his dad Mick still works as a robot technician in the General Motors car factory (his mother, Brenda, is in real estate). Richie cheekily borrowed his dad’s persona for his house alias Robotman. His brother Matthew, who shares the Windsor fire station studio complex with Richie, is a visual artist. By 15 Richie was creeping out of the house to cross the border and go clubbing in Detroit. By 17 he was DJing at The Shelter, a dark basement club where he mixed House and Techno with Industrial music by Nitzer Ebb and Front 242. He had his own show on Detroit’s 96.3FM – inspired by a late ‘80s Detroit radio DJ called The Wizard, now better known as Jeff Mills.

    As a teenager Hawtin, already into Breakdancing and Electro, was stirred by the radically beautiful machine music being fashioned by Detroit Techno pioneers like Juan Atkins, Derrick May and Kevin Saunderson. In 1989 he set up Plus 8 Records with John Acquaviva to release their own tracks and push new artists. They started running parties in Detroit. But far from welcoming them, the tight-knit Detroit Techno scene initially turned a cold shoulder on the two renegade Canadians.

    “It pissed a lot of people off because there wasn’t anyone else in the city doing it – it took someone from the outside to come in and say, ‘Look, wake up,’” Richie recalls. “These guys [May, Atkins and Saunderson] have left. They’re doing their thing overseas.”

    Plus 8 began to gather momentum with a richly varied catalogue of hard-nosed, cutting edge Techno from artists like Speedy J, Dan Bell and Kenny Larkin. Along with the resurgence of Detroit’s confrontational Underground Resistance, this marked the second wave of Detroit Techno. “We all put the focus back on Detroit for a while, we didn’t want to make traditional Techno, we were inspired by traditional Techno. Derick, Kevin and Juan had sent these waves all over the world and we were the first to feel the rebounds of their ripples”.

    By 1993 Richie Hawtin’s Detroit parties had become legendary intense affairs as freaky dancing clubbers lost themselves in strange, dark warehouses transformed into disorientating warrens by walls of black plastic sheeting. Inspired by this, Hawtin elected to take Techno one stage further and develop his virtual Plastikman alter ego: a red and black gremlin that is tattooed on his forearm. He didn’t want a collection of tracks; he wanted to make an album that swallowed up the concentrated energy of those parties and spit it back out as something new. An album, “Sheet One” was recorded in a rollercoaster 48 hour studio session and released on novamute in early ‘93 and was soon followed by the brilliant ‘Spastik’, a single recorded three weeks later after a long night dancing to Derrick May.

    Hawtin was already shifting identities like a spy changing roles: his 1992 album “Dimension Intrusion”, under his Fuse alias, had played a key part in the Warp label’s groundbreaking “Artificial Intelligence” armchair-Techno series, but he wanted to reach further. He remembered the strange shapes that his friends threw at those warehouse parties, the different creatures they almost became. “Like plasticine,” he says. “That was the whole idea of Plastikman, it was all very viscous and pliable and moveable.” Plastikman wasn’t just a clever alter ego – it was a role for you to try on too. The sound was rubbery and sparse; its moments of melodic steel arriving unnervingly. The first album, “Sheet One”, played up Hawtin’s reputation for LSD and was promoted with a free sheet of fake acid tabs.
    Hawtin developed a Plastikman live show that still tours the world. Huge audiences at Glastonbury and Tribal Gathering twitched to its twittering insect rhythms, lost in a soundtrack far freakier than anything else those events had to offer. In 1994 the second album on novamute, “Musik”, let a little human warmth seep onto the clattering Plastikman rhythms, but despite its closing robot lullaby ‘Lasttrak’, it was, if anything, even more discomforting.

    Just as the little Plastikman gremlin was becoming an international phenomenon, American immigration officials banned Hawtin from entering America for working illegally. He was barred from entering the States for 18 months. It was a devastating experience.

    “My girlfriend lived there and most of my experiences were in Detroit, my friends were there and all of my musical inspiration was there – and suddenly it was like, ‘See that building over there? You can see your inspiration, but you can’t go there.’” Now, typically, he believes the ban had its benefits. It was at this point the Chemicals Brothers and Underworld began to break out of the dance world and into a wider Rock arena. Hawtin now wonders whether he might have gone further down the stadium Techno route. Instead, grounded in Windsor, he went back to the studio to reinvent. “When that happened it was the worst day of my life,” he says now, “and it was one of the best things too.”

    The next Plastikman project, ‘Klinik’, wouldn’t come together. “I had tried to follow those records up but there were feelings of pressure at that point,” he says now. Stuck in the studio, depressed, Hawtin set himself a new challenge and gave it a deadline. He pressurised himself back into action, releasing a series of ‘Concept’ EPs based on the months of the year. Each release would feature two tracks recorded in one month only using a set template of sounds. They would be released and then forgotten. The discipline of producing 24 tracks in 12 months rewired the creative circuits. “It progressed me to a different audience, it progressed me with effects which came into my sets and it progressed me into more of this spatial environment I was trying to get to,” says Hawtin.

    It was the starting point for his last Plastikman album “Consumed”, which replaced the angry black and red gremlin with dark, abstract sleeve art and the tense rhythms with swathes of bass and melody. Released on novamute in 1998, it was acclaimed in countries like France – where conceptual artists are traditionally celebrated. “Consumed” elevated Hawtin to a new status, he was now not just an international Techno star, but a contemporary artist. Asked to contribute to a French Millennium Exhibition celebrating different ideas of beauty, Hawtin created a musical installation based around the clicks, hisses and pops of vinyl – a beautiful sound, he argued, to his generation. The exhibition also featured the work of world famous sculptor, Anish Kapoor, who Hawtin had long been a fan. In fact “Consumed”’s unique textures had been inspired by Kapoor’s beguiling, futuristic, curved shapes and the cover art echoed the sculptor’s famous obelisk. “I was walking around those sculptures and putting my head into some of them. They had like a sonic quality like chambers of nothingness – and that’s exactly what I was trying to hear. Suddenly I was able to walk around a physical version of what I wanted to do musically.” Hawtin was also moved by the mournful purple washes of the late Mark Rothko, which now hang in London’s Tate Modern. Rothko’s work, says Hawtin, “is very, very subtle, just washes of texture. It kind of gave me a visual perspective of what I was trying to get out of my head, sonically. On a flat surface.”

    This is where Hawtin is at now. Constantly touring all over the world and keeping fans updated on his world wide DJ travels via his website diaries; taking his dad out to dinner with John Peel (a big deal for his Peel–fan father especially now his son is a huge favourite of the radio DJ); pushing himself to his creative boundaries and taking Techno with him. Not just to the middle of the dancefloor, but also above it.

    “The good Techno musicians enjoy having a good time, but can see beyond it,” Hawtin notes. “It’s the closest to a contemporary art form.” With Jeff Mills providing an installation to the recent Sonar event in Barcelona, Germany’s Thomas Brinkmann moving from conceptual art into conceptual Techno, and increasing connections between the two worlds.

    As Techno and art move closer together Hawtin sees it as a logical part of his constant reinvention. “It’s about setting a standard for yourself and progressing yourself. Showing people you can do something interesting that’s more than just dance music.”

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    Pete Tong

    There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.

    Having spent the majority of his life in England, Pete has recently resettled in Los Angeles to begin a new chapter in his life. He’s wasted little time establishing himself in the US, having helped inaugurate Clear Channel Entertainment’sEvolution dance brand in 2013 and recently expanding the programming to the extended two-hour segment, The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong, broadcasting on 90 different Top 40 stations in the US.

    Meanwhile, his world famous BBC Radio 1 shows have only grown in popularity. Their collective reach has soared into the millions, broadcasting globally thanks to the BBC iPlayer. TheEssential Mix continues to be the Holy Grail of mix shows, while Tong’s Essential Selection is still the best place to premiere a new record.

    On the DJing front, Tong is currently championing three premier All Gone Pete Tong residencies in the US. Once a month, you can find him bridging the gap to the underground at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, while in Miami, he’s keeping the integrity of club culture alive at Story. His residency at the SLS Las Vegas sees him performing regularly at the brand new LiFE club, where he’s introducing a whole new palette of underground sounds to the party mecca. Finally, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami during WMC and Ibiza as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, and SW4.

    As a music producer, Tong has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records and more. His compilations have garnered critical acclaim–most notably 2013’s 60-track anthology, The Pete Tong Collection. More recently, he’s debuted on Suara with deep house anthem “The Bumps” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2014 alongside Tensnake for Defected as part of his All Gone Pete Tong compilation series.

    On the business side, Tong continues to be a prominent force in both the booking and A&R worlds. In 2008, he co-founded WME’s electronic music division alongside Joel Zimmerman, helping to turn the venture into one of the most powerful booking agencies in the world. He’s also relaunched his label FFRR, reclaiming his reputation for A&R and signing acts like Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Blonde and The Disciples. On top of this, Tong is responsible for founding The International Music Summit, which holds major events in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Now in its 6th year, the event is viewed in the industry as The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music.

    When all is said and done, one shudders to think what dance music would have been like without Pete Tong’s influence. Over the years, he’s played a crucial role in breaking new artists and changing the way people think about electronic music. With his new found home in Los Angeles, the British icon is looking to revolutionize the perception of dance music in America. If there’s anyone up for the task, it’s Pete Tong.

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    Seth Troxler

    Seth Troxler is one of dance music’s most recognizable characters, the guy with the big hair and the even bigger personality who doesn’t take himself, or life, too seriously; a straight-up human being who plays by his own rules. These qualities, along with his passion and seemingly endless knowledge of house and techno, have established him as a figurehead for a new wave of underground electronic music that flies in the face of the disposable idiocy of mainstream ‘EDM’.

    “I’ve always been kinda bat-shit crazy”, explains Seth. With his sporadic dreadlocks and well-twizled ‘tache, he comes across part streetwise Lothario, part Napoleon Dynamite’s creepy older cousin. Descended from a family of cowboys and Baptist preachers, he’s part African-American, part Egyptian, part Cherokee Indian but while his heritage is all-American his global outlook transcends his small-city Mid Western origins.

    Seth was born in Kalamazoo, a college town in the centre of Michigan half way between Detroit and Chicago, when his mum was just eighteen. His parents split when he was two but soon after his mum met his step dad who hosted a local radio show in his hometown called ‘Fade2Black’. “He’d play hip hop and early house,” recalls Seth, “but after midnight it would switch over to a show called ‘The Love Zone’ which was straight up fuck-jams. His DJ name was ‘2 Fine’ which was also his car registration plate. He was my father figure.” A pre-teen Seth would be allowed to stay up late and sit with him in the studio. “Being surrounded by that much good music from such an early age there was never an option for me not to become a DJ.” When Seth was fourteen his mum married his step dad and moved to the outskirts of Detroit, “This was a really big jump for me, losing all my friends and moving to such a big city.” A year later his house burnt down and he lost everything apart from, by a strange twist of fate, his turntables and mixer that he’d left at a friend’s house. “After that I dropped out of sport at school and decided to spend all my free time playing records.” His step dad was into early Chicago house like Dance Mania and Trax but living in Detroit he started going to underground techno raves. “I went to the same high school as Matt Dear and a friend of mine’s brother used to go raving with him.” Soon after moving to Detroit Seth threw his first illegal party and booked Magda to play for him. At fifteen he landed a job as techno buyer in Detroit’s ‘Melodies & Memories’ record store working alongside deep house legends Theo Parrish and Mike Huckaby.

    Through working in the record store he met Ryan Crosson, who would come in to buy vinyl from him, and through Ryan met Lee Curtiss and in turn Shaun Reeves who used to throw many of the most notorious illegal raves in Detroit at the time. It wasn’t long before Seth had moved in with Lee and the four found themselves throwing their now infamous ‘Tesh Club’ parties in Lee’s basement (a name taken from the German pronunciation of techno as ‘teshno’). It was there that the magic really began to happen; experiments in psychedelic substances and scientific examinations into the history of house and techno brought about a deep bond between the four, laying the foundations of what would later become their Visionquest partnership. This honeymoon period came to an abrupt halt when Shaun got robbed after a successful New Years Eve party and decided to quit Detroit and make a fresh start in Berlin. It was only a matter of time before Seth, Ryan and Lee followed suit.

    Moving to Berlin was the making of Seth both as a DJ and producer. Just a week after his arriving in the city, having only just graduated from high school, Seth found himself booked to play infamous Panorama Bar alongside Omar-S. He flourished in the permissive German city, and was soon resident at Club der Visionäre, as well as playing regularly at clubs all over world like fabric (London), Watergate (Berlin), Output (New York), Warung (Brazil), Womb (Tokyo), Tenax (Florence), Robert Johnson (Frankfurt), The Rex (Paris), Fuse (Brussels), The Electric Pickle (Miami), plus festivals like The Detroit Electronic Music Festival, Glastonbury, Coachella, Sonar and Burning Man. Meanwhile, in the studio he has collaborated with such dance luminaries as Matthew Dear, Art Department, Tiefschwarz, Deetron, dOP and Subb-an in addition to groundbreaking remix work done as Visionquest, who have remixed tracks by Tracy Thorn and David Lynch (yes him). Together their Visionquest project has spawned one of the most exciting techno labels of recent years, plus a multi-deck DJ spectacular that saw the four of them rolling out their Visionquest Thirteen world tour throughout the whole of 2013. The combination of these achievements, alongside constant touring, have resulted in Seth being voted number three, then two and then one in the Resident Advisor Top 100 DJs poll between 2009-2012, and since then he has consistently remained within the top 5 DJs as voted by Resident Advisor fans.

    Last year, Seth consolidated his position at the top of the DJ ladder through his ‘Seth Troxler Goes Clubbing’ concept, returning to those nightclubs that were integral in moulding him into the DJ he is today: with quarterly appearances at fabric (London), Trouw (Amsterdam), Output (New York) and his usual 10 week residency at Circo Loco across the summer. He also began a new project with The Martinez Brothers – Tuskegee – aimed at shining a light on Afro-Latino American dance culture, as well as launching two other record labels: the dance floor focused ‘Play It Say It’, and indie rock label ‘Soft Touch’. The year also saw Seth return to the studio: the Tuskegee label was launched in true analogue style with a raw collaboration between Seth and The Martinez Brothers, titled ‘Space & Time’. Since then Troxler has also teamed up with production partner Phil Moffa for a release ‘Rogue Music EP’ out on Hypercolour at the beginning of the new year, as well as finishing a number of solo productions to be released throughout 2015.

    This coming year will see Seth expanding his Tuskegee brand with The Martinez Brothers, taking it beyond the confines of club culture and into the wider populace, with the aim of introducing the kids of ethnic backgrounds to a world that they may not have thought existed. Simultaneously, the Tuskegee crew will be touring with a number of shows at various venues across the world. In spring, the JESuS concept will come to life: an experiment perfectly in tune with the dance music zeitgeist, JESuS is the summation of four of the biggest players in the contemporary DJ world: Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream und Seth Troxler. Kicking things of with four dates in the USA sandwiched between the Coachella weekends, and following up with a six date bus tour through the heart of Europe. Coupled with innovative video documentation of both legs of the tour, JESuS looks set to be the most unique clubbing experience of 2015. In addition to these two mammoth projects (as well as the usual list of DNA club shows and summer festival appearances) Seth also has plans to expand his Smokey Tails restaurant brand and open a new venture – Disco Dogs – which will be selling traditional all-American hot dogs from within the heart Old Street roundabout in London.

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    Carl Cox

    One of the most charming DJs in the business. A musical ambassador and a veteran of acid house, a champion of techno, a dance music pioneer, label owner, King of Ibiza – you name it, Carl’s been there and done it, never losing sight of his passions – playing music, breaking tunes and celebrating life.

    It was at the age of 15 that Carl bought a set of turntables and began working as a mobile DJ. Disco was the first music that captivated him but by the early 80s Cox had moved on to playing the same music as other young London DJs – rare groove, New York hip-hop and electro. He was perfectly placed to hear Chicago house music in its earliest forms, and when the epic ‘Acid Trax’ by Phuture (a.k.a. DJ Pierre) came out in early ’87. “It was then that I thought, ‘This is it,’ says Carl. “I would do my parties, and I’d play old rare groove and hip hop and soul and I would say ‘Right you’ve got to hear this Phuture track’ and people would just stop and listen.”

    As a founder of the sound, Carl rode the exploding British rave scene. He played the opening night of Danny Rampling’s legendary Shoom, co-promoted The Project with Paul Oakenfold, held a residency at the Zap Club in Brighton and at the Sunrise rave in 1988, hooked up a third turntable for his dawn-breaking set, got 15,000 people back on their feet, and established a personal rep for three-deck wizardry.

    The next step was to make music, and Carl’s 1991 debut single for Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label, ‘I Want You,’ gave him a top 30 hit and a Top of the Pops appearance. Two more singles also made the charts. But Carl was a reluctant pop star and as the masses moved onto fluffy house and trance, and the hardcore created jungle, Cox retreated into the club world that had nurtured him, and instead embraced the underground sounds of techno. “Techno drives home somewhere,” he says of his core music. “It takes you to an element of surprise, not knowing where you’re going. It’s scary but wonderful at the same time.”

    Carl’s classic releases include his 1995 mix CD, ‘F.A.C.T,’ which became a techno benchmark, selling over 250,000 copies, and the 1996 EP ‘Two Paintings and a Drum,’ which again broke the British top 30. Alongside Carl’s ‘Ultimate Music Management’ company, which counted Josh Wink and Laurent Garnier among 27 clients, there was the Ultimatum record label, for which Carl recorded his third top 30 UK single, ‘Sensual Sophis-ti-cat.’ In 2005, Carl’s third album, ‘The Second Sign’ caused a stir across Europe and reached number 3 in Spain’s national chart. Also gaining critical acclaim was ‘Dirty Bass,’ a collaboration with Christian Smith, and the funky ‘Give Me Your Love’, both released on 23rd Century Records, an outlet for his own burgeoning production output.

    Carl formed his own label, Intec Records, in 1999, scoring a series of underground hits and enjoying eight years at the forefront of electronic music. After its closure in 2006, Carl was still inundated with new music, finally deciding to re-launch the label as Intec Digital at the start of 2010. It’s been a triumphant return, thanks to exclusives from some of the biggest names in techno. “The label couldn’t be going better,” says Carl. “It’s great to be back at the helm discovering underground DJs.”

    Intec Digital was also the home for Carl’s 6th studio album, ‘All Roads Lead To the Dancefloor,’ released to critical acclaim in 2011 on state-of-the-art, self-updating USB technology.

    2013 saw the re-launch of Carl’s seminal Pure Intec series, 9 years after the hugely successful original ‘Pure Intec.’ The release also coincided with the launch of a new series of Intec club nights where Carl and label head, Jon Rundell, played to a sold out XOYO in East London, dates have since followed in Ibiza, Madrid, Switzerland, Amsterdam for ADE, and London’s fabric, where they’ll be returning Easter 2015.

    “Jon and I thought it was time,” says Carl. “We’d been working hard the last few years to get Intec back to the forefront of Techno. We have a great roster, with very talented DJs that deserve recognition. This is our way of celebrating the label’s success, showcasing some of our artists, and of course putting out some amazing tracks.”

    Carl’s legendary Ibiza residency also continues to break boundaries. Celebrating an astounding 14 consecutive years at Space in 2015, Carl and Safehouse Management have built their weekly residency into one of the Island’s most popular nights, acclaimed for its adventurous and forward-thinking line-ups, musical direction and state of the art production. This, along with Carl’s highly involved and passionate role as promoter, programmer and host, is why each year has seen a growth and progression from the last, both in terms of quality and size. “The night’s popularity and demand has increased year by year, so it’s enabled us to bring even more talent to the island. We have a successful night because we just batten down the hatches and stick to what we do best, which is give value for money,” explains Carl. “People come back to us, as they’re big believers in our brand.”

    Summer 2014 was also a record season for Carl in Ibiza – on top of his residency, he also played the Space closing Fiesta, along with dates at Amnesia, Sands and DC10.

    Beyond Ibiza Carl continues to deliver his Carl Cox & Friends stage at Ultra, for what has long been one of the festival’s highlights. “2015 will be our 11th year at Ultra, and I’m certain it will go on and on,” says Carl. “We have a very special thing there. They give us free reign in everything. The look, staging, sound, what DJs we book, all of it is down to us, and that’s a great thing, and why we keep going back.”

    All this and still Carl’s ‘Global’ radio show continues to break records, now reaching over 17-million weekly listeners worldwide and is syndicated across over 60 terrestrial FM, satellite and DAB stations throughout 35 countries, making him one of the most important broadcasters on the planet, and the most followed DJ on Mixcloud.

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    Dubfire

    From global success in the commercial domain, to equal accomplishments within the underground scene, Dubfire is an artist whose drive, talent and intuition have placed him within the top tier of electronic music artists in the world. He maintains this position within the industry with an unrelenting work ethic and a focused determination to innovate, evolve, and entertain. Whether it’s his involvement with Deep Dish, his solo performances at an extensive list of the world’s most influential clubs and festivals, running his label SCI+TEC, or simply his exploration of audio and visual technology, Dubfire is in a class of his own and is resolute in his forward-thinking ethos.

    Born in Iran and raised in the U.S. from the age of seven, Dubfire first developed his skills playing at local clubs in Washington, D.C. He was introduced to Sharam Tayebi through a childhood friend and they formed “Deep Dish:, a production and DJ duo that conquered the world of electronic music, picking up a Grammy (and previous nominations) in the process in addition to a vast array of other awards and accolades. At the height of their success both men opted to take a step back and pursue solo careers, with the Dubfire alias allowing him to express his deep love for underground house and techno. Dubfire quickly integrated himself into the minimalistic techno scene and produced several key releases that cemented him as a true visionary and a force to be reckoned with in underground music. From ‘Ribcage’, ‘Emissions’ and ‘Roadkill’, to his work with Oliver Huntemann and his remix of ‘Spastik’ by Plastikman, Dubfire’s creations perfectly display his musical dexterity and depth of aural knowledge.

    Never satisfied with the status quo, Dubfire spent two years crafting a live show and his HYBRID live concept has been wowing audiences since its soft launch debut at the Amsterdam Dance Event in 2014. Described by Thump as, “unlike anything we had previously seen or heard before anywhere,” HYBRID explores the continued convergence of man and machine, delving into the realms of science and technology and their connection with music.

    Dubfire’s story is also set to be told through a documentary, titled “Above Ground Level” chronicles his career trajectory from fleeing Iran as a youngster to becoming one of the biggest electronic music stars on the planet. Featuring contributions from his closest friends and family, along with peers such as David Guetta, Richie Hawtin, Pete Tong, and Hot Since 82,
    it reinforces his stellar achievements and gives an inside look into Dubfire’s journey.

    With over two decades of experience in the music, Dubfire continues to push the envelope and challenge himself.

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    Tale of Us

    Tale of Us are Berlin-based DJ and production partnership Karm and Matteo who are currently re-writing the rulebook for deeply moving, emotional electronic music. Together they share a sonic vision that pulls together elements of house and techno with influences from pop, nu-disco and even rock music. While all of their productions are instantly recognizable as Tale Of Us, these range from straight-up dance floor jams to low-slung ambient tracks and more abstract compositions. While both originally hail from North America, Karm was born in Toronto and Matteo in New York, they moved to Italy as children, which is where they met and formed the close working bond that they now share.

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    Nicole Moudaber

    “I discovered the artist in me on the dance floor…”

    Nicole Moudaber holds true to the belief that the power of music brings us together as one. The beat of a drum, the very first instrument created by humans, remains at the heart of the music she creates and plays, while the diversity of her tastes, and her ability to create spellbinding club experiences, promote harmony on the dance floor.

    Growing up in Nigeria exposed Nicole to the hypnotic tribal rhythms of artists like Fela Kuti. This was her first taste of the power of the drum, and lies at the core of her sound. Nicole moved to London in 2000 where she quickly integrated herself into the city’s club scene, becoming a promoter at Turnmills, holding her own party called ‘Soundworx’, which she started in Beirut. Her unrelenting desire to unite people through music couldn’t have been demonstrated more explicitly than that first party, where people of all races, religions and classes danced together under the stars in an abandoned, bombed-out mosque and cathedral.

    Nicole then brought her party to London, building its reputation from the ground up and making it a total success. Her ability to operate ahead of the curve leading to Paco Osuna’s very first London booking, among many other luminaries from the world of house and techno. But working behind-the-scenes was not enough and she was soon appearing on the decks, building her skills as a DJ – that visionary ability revealing itself during her diverse, enchanting sets. The next step was to express her passion for music through production and she attended world-renowned music school Point Blank to learn the basics. From that point there really was no going back, she remixed Carl Cox ‘Chemistry’, which stayed in the techno charts on Beatport for three months and won her an IDMA Award in 2012.

    In the years since that record hit the charts, Nicole’s career trajectory has been swift and steep. She has travelled the globe playing everywhere from intimate basement venues to large stages at festivals such as Exit, Glastonbury, WMC, Time Warp, Electric Daisy Carnival, Awakenings and many of the world’s most renowned electronic music spaces. She also curates her own MoodRAW events, taking clubbing back to those grimy, raw spaces where it first started, as well as the more intimate In The MOOD parties, which have included annual sold out showcases at WMC in Miami and BPM in Mexico.

    Fuelled by a desire to keep achieving at the highest level, Nicole is working on the debut of her very own one-day festival, to be held on Coney Island, New York and she’s in discussions to host her own stage at numerous large-scale dance music festivals. She is a regular at Carl Cox’s legendary Revolution night in Ibiza, as well as being welcomed into the Circoloco family at the seminal DC10. Her performances are full of passion and drama, cultivating musical journeys designed to reach her audience on a deeper level and make each individual’s experience a memorable one.

    Away from the touring Nicole has established her label, Mood Records, as a go-to platform for any self-respecting techno fan. Releases have come from a long list of techno heroes, including Carl Cox, Stacey Pullen, Joel Mull and Carlo Lio. As a producer she has also progressed rapidly, thanks to her dedication to the craft. Remix work and originals have all cemented her reputation for high quality production, which is clearly evident on her collaboration with Skin from Skunk Anansie – an emotive collection of tracks that highlight Nicole’s ability to take the listener to the deeper side of electronic music.

    Her diverse tastes in music and curation skills also manifest themselves via her radio show, In the MOOD, which is produced by the same team who work on shows with Carl Cox and Adam Beyer. The show is syndicated globally, airing on 55 FM stations worldwide and is available on Mixcloud every Wednesday, spreading her sound to millions of listeners around the globe.

    A fervent campaigner for human rights, Nicole studied Combined Social Sciences and was a straight A student before the music really took hold. Her passion for fighting inequality in all its forms runs deep, and she recently became involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club in New York. It’s a crucial part of her ideology and something that spurs her on to keep sharing music, spreading the love and uniting dance floors around the world.

    As she looks forward to the release of her EP with Skin, a huge one-day festival, original productions for high-profile labels and remixes on her own label from some of the scene’s biggest names, Nicole presides over an empire that continues to grow in stature and the future looks full of exciting prospects.

    Nicole Moudaber is a professional, innovative, hard-working artist who has become a contemporary icon. From her long, curly locks to her slamming techno sets and her intense, empowering performances, she truly stands in a class all of her own…

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    Benjamin Damage

    UK house producers Doc Daneeka and Benjamin Damage produced “Creeper” around this time last year for 50 Weapons, an eight-minute vehicle for sleek, aerodynamic riffage, an exercise in the supremacy of simplicity. Label heads Modeselektor apparently liked the single so much they commissioned a whole album from the duo and flew them out to Berlin to accomplish the task. The result is They! Live, a lean, confident long-player of stylishly minimal beats rendered in attractive curves and clear, soft tones.

    Coming after “Creeper,” the way They! Live starts is a little bewildering: “No One” and “Battleships” are lit up by slow-burn organ and sultry vocals from Abigail Wyles, delicate tracks that build naturally with soft, jazzy kicks and gently quaking basslines. But they typify the album’s dignity and elegance: in the wrong hands “No One” could easily be a sickly-sweet Burial counterfeit with its pitched-down refrain. The group’s clean lines and tight songwriting tell it almost like a pop song. This continues through the whole record: no matter what style or idea is being explored by the duo, it’s always executed with efficacy and a sense of cavernous space that gives each track a simultaneously enormous but graceful presence. Even a relatively sprightly song like “Ellipsis Torment” feels starved of nutrition in this vacuum, a bottomless void that gives Daneeka & Damage’s house-indebted music a techno tinge.

    As a result, They! Live actually slots in quite well with the narrative strand of drowsy beat music that seems to be dominating the dialogue as of late: “Charlottenburg” has all the hallmarks of a banger, glossy chords, hyperactive rimshots and a kick that skips across the surface like a rock on a lake, but it’s all doled out in sluggish shades of grey, not quite hazy (the production is too impeccable for that) but sleepy-eyed all the same. That’s not to say it’s all half-lidded horizons and lucid dreams: an abridged “Creeper” is the album’s triumphant centrepiece, and tracks like “Deaf Siren” and “Juggernaut” hint at blow-outs even if they are always carefully reined in.

    That’s the album’s best but strangest quality: Its hybrid of house and techno is a little too out there to fit in with Chicago-friendly revivalists, and it’s heavily tranquilized in comparison to many of their peers (or even to Doc Daneeka’s own solo work). Taken on its own merits, though, They! Live is a lovely, highly listenable release, flowing effortlessly in a way that most house music albums can only hope for. Whether this collaboration remains a one-off or sprouts further music from the UK duo, They! Live stands as definitive proof of how mutable, accessible and still boldly experimental all this “UK bass” stuff really can be.

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    Francesca Lombardo

    Francesca Lombardo has cultivated a sound of her own, one that represents her multi-disciplinary musical background and transcends the dancefloor with ease. Creating emotional narratives via wistful soundscapes, stirring melodies, hypnotic rhythms and her own mesmerising voice distinguishes her from the crowd.

    This Italian-born, classically trained musician carved out her own path in electronic music, criss- crossing the globe as a DJ and live performer, whilst building up a formidable back-catalogue of music.

    Relentlessly pushing boundaries, her live set which incorporates a group of instrumentalists to compose and conduct intricate productions, as well as her knack as a DJ to combine captivating rhythms and melodies with dramatic stories, are clear examples of this, furthered still by her striking vocals that wash over crowds with waves of emotion.

    2012 saw Francesca’s first release of many on Crosstown Rebels. Now in 2016, a new phase of her career begins, as she prepares to unveil her debut album, a collection of songs that truly represents the essence of what she’s all about, an LP that is forward-thinking, powerful and made from the heart. Live instrumentalists will also feature on this album, merging the world of electronic music with Francesca’s classical upbringing, set to uplift and engage people from all walks of life. The outcome is a combination of grand and orchestral compositions, together with subtle, nuanced numbers.

    There’s no doubt that Francesca’s passion and drive to keep innovating in music is unsurpassed and serves as the fuel to keep her inspired, relevant and soundtracking the very best moments of our lives for years to come.

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    Dave Haslam

    Dave Haslam DJ’d at the Hacienda club in Manchester over 450 times, mostly through the 1980s but also late in the 1990s (including the final night of the club, in June 1997). Ian Brown, Tim Burgess, Laurent Garnier, and the Chemical Brothers were regular visitors to Haslam’s ground-breaking DJing events at the Hacienda, and all have credited Haslam as an inspiration. He has since played worldwide, including Paris, Detroit, Ibiza, New York, Hamburg, Lima, Geneva, and festivals including Creamfields, Primavera Sound, and Kendal Calling; and at afterparties for New Order, Gorillaz, and Depeche Mode. In recent years his gigs have included Festival Yeah (back to back with Laurent Garnier) in June 2014, and Panorama Bar (Berghain) in August 2015.

    He is also a renowned writer and broadcaster. He has appeared on radio and TV on dozens of occasions (on Radio 4, BBC2, Channel 4, VH1, Arte, Granada, etc) discussing a wide variety of subjects, from graphic design to ecstasy, urban regeneration to the Notting Hill riots, and from the Smiths to Daft Punk. Pitchfork recently premiered a short film about the disco pioneer Cerrone, in which Haslam features alongside Nile Rodgers.

    He’s written four books of cultural history; his new book Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues, was published in August 2015.

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    Gary Richards

    They say real recognizes real…

    As a producer, artist, DJ, and founder of HARD Events, Gary Richards always keeps it real. His uncompromising approach to music spurned the creation of a new hip-hop and house hybrid in the form of 2014’s WEST COAST EP featuring rap heavyweights such as YG, Ty Dolla $ign, Problem, Too $hort, Warren G, and Kurupt. Following the release, he’d deliver explosive sets around the world from Tokyo to Ibiza and at his own sold out HARD Summer 2015 as well as two installments of his wildly popular electronic music cruise HOLY SHIP! and the Ship2Ship Tour.

    However, he knew that his next musical evolution had to be bigger, bolder and better.

    “When I did the WEST COAST EP, I didn’t necessarily have a plan,” he admits. “I knew what I wanted to do, but it was still so fresh to me. I felt like I was chasing something different. All of a sudden, I’m in the studio with guys, and I became comfortable. So, I thought, ‘How do I make this better and truly fucking dope? How do I make music for the club and a festival, define my sound, and what I want to do going forward?’”

    He answered that question with the appropriately titled 2016 single “4Real” featuring Ty Dolla $ign and ILoveMakonnen. Beginning with a strikingly smooth vocal from Ty Dolla $ign punctuated by fingersnaps and nocturnal synths, the track slips into DESTRUCTO’s signature style, dripping with West Coast resin and House boom. ILoveMakonnen blesses the track with a flavorful and fiery verse, and everybody rocks together for the psychedelically sexy video.

    “The second night of HARD Summer, Ty told me he wanted to go back in the studio. However, he could only do it the next day,” recalls DESTRUCTO. “So, I went down to his house with Wax Motif, and he just started singing, ‘I’m for real.’ I had already spoken to Makonnen about the track, so Ty shouted him out. Makonnen then returned the favor. They’re bringing some of their world to me, and I’m bringing some of my world to them. That’s what’s happening. I spent about six months perfecting the song with Wax Motif and Styalz Fuego. It had to be fucking insane before we dropped it.”

    The crowd went “fucking insane” the first time they heard it. He debuted “4Real” live with Ty Dolla $ign and ILoveMakonnen as special surprise guests on January’s HOLY SHIP! sailing, immediately fueling anticipation for the track. It also marks a new dawn for DESTRUCTO as the first release on his label Hits HARD.

    “I’ve been doing this for so long I know how to get everything together,” he says. “I’ve reached a place where I want to put music out on my own, and I’m free to do whatever the fuck I want.”

    It’s that kind of attitude which cemented his status as a trailblazer in electronic music. Since 2011, he’s released a string of dance floor anthems across his Technology EP [2012] and Higher EP [2013]. His influence permeated other genres as he contributed official remixes for the likes of Depeche Mode, Giorgio Moroder, Major Lazer, Rob Zombie, Digitalism and more. Moreover, he’s performed at the likes Coachella, Lollapalooza, Voodoo Music + Experience and countless other festivals. Now, “4Real” lays the groundwork for his next body of work.

    Throughout everything, he’s “4Real” as it gets. “I hope everyone feels it the way I feel it,” DESTRUCTO leaves off. “It’s been an ongoing process to bring these worlds together. I’m fortunate to have these dudes believe in me. I’m trying to make music you can drive to, dance to and live to.”

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    Guy Gerber

    Guy Gerber has always favored the road less traveled. The Israeli DJ thrives on confounding expectations. What other underground DJ could collaborate with one of hip-hops biggest moguls, Puff Daddy, or start a left-field night at one of Ibiza’s most commercial clubs, Pacha? What other producer blends the worlds of melancholy and euphoria so effortlessly, or turns in a breakup album as an official mix for a revered club brand? It’s these kind of contradictions that define Gerber’s compelling duality.

    Before he was fiddling with drum machines and synths, Gerber was all about groups like Joy Division and My Bloody Valentine. These influences still echo clearly in his music today, whether it be his hypnotizing live performances or contemplative, moody productions. Over the course of four albums, Gerber has shown himself to be a singular artist. In 2007, he brought his debut album Late Bloomers to Sven Vath’s Cocoon, following that with 2009’s My Invisible Romance. In 2012 and 2013, he usurped the concept of a mix CD, delivering a Fabric album made up of 100% original new productions; then on Who’s Stalking Who creating an LP more akin to an extended composition than anything else.

    As a performer, Guy Gerber is consistently rated one of the best touring acts in dance music, earning a top 10 live performer nod three years in a row for Resident Advisor. When DJing he’s known for extended sets, epitomized by a 12-hour performance at Burning Man in 2014. Gerber’s sets are never forgettable, and he has an unerring ability to disrupt expectations, whether it be confounding Ibiza VIPs with his 2013 Wisdom of the Glove residency at Pacha –which even caught the New York Times’ attention — or 12 months later going in a totally new direction with his clandestine free Ibiza beach party, Rumors. Even at more traditional club residencies like those he holds at Marquee, Sound, and Story, Gerber acts as the subversion, transforming the normative experience into something alive with mysticism and mystique.

    On the label front, Gerber has helped curate and A&R some of underground music’s most intriguing talents. His label Supplement Facts hosted everyone from Chaim, to dOP, Guti and Kate Simko. In typical Gerber fashion, just as it was reaching its apex he put it on hold to launch a new imprint Rumors, a befitting title for the mischievously minded Gerber. The new project got off to a promising start, serving as home to Guy’s colossal collaboration with Dixon, “No Distance,” as well as his crossover album with Puff Daddy, 11:11, which proved one of 2014’s most startling and impressive LPs. As with Supplement Facts, Rumors reiterates Gerber’s attention to the visual aesthetic. Both labels have seen him collaborating with artists all over the globe — most recently with Miss Kittin on the critically acclaimed ‘Rumors on The Dancefloor’ EP. Rumors has also served as a home for EPs from other high-profile artists, like Seth Troxler, as well as enigmatic upcoming talents with unique styles, such as Clarian or Acid Mondays.

    However, RUMORS is of course more than a well-curated imprint – Gerber also launched the accompanying event series in the summer of 2014. The RUMORS Ibiza party was a free event with a relaxed atmosphere, thanks to its setting in the Playa d’En Bossa beach hotspot Beachouse. Staying true to the original ethos of Ibiza, the RUMORS parties rejected hype by avoiding the mega-lineup announcements and posters across the rest of the island, with very little information about the parties being given away until the last minute, if at all. Despite this, 2015’s RUMORS parties saw huge artists like Sasha, Miss Kittin, Kenny Glasgow and Matthew Dear sharing the decks alongside Gerber, as well as many of the label’s upcoming artists.

    Following their Ibiza successes, Guy is now taking his RUMORS parties worldwide, with events at Art Basel Miami and stages at BPM Mexico and We Are FSTVL in London proving that RUMORS really do spread. However, Guy Gerber’s vision of the perfect musical event will remain the same no matter what the stage or country: “The night has a very particular flow… it has to start very deep, very spiritual, and it slowly builds up, never too fast. It’s a very natural-feeling party. The tracks played must have some substance, not too loopy, and have some kind of musical vibe in them. I’m looking for challenging deep house.”

    What’s next for Guy Gerber? Like any good rumor, it’s sure to have tongues wagging.

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    Jason Bentley

    Jason Bentley is Music Director of influential NPR radio station KCRW in Santa Monica, and host of their acclaimed programs Morning Becomes Eclectic and Metropolis. Jason has established a distinguished career as a music supervisor for film, including the Matrix trilogy and TRON Legacy with Daft Punk. He maintains a busy DJ schedule including sets at The Coachella Festival, The Electric Daisy Carnival, Lightning In A Bottle, CRSSD Fest, as well as various art, fashion, and music industry events. Jason has worked at Madonna’s Maverick Records as well as Island Records with founder Chris Blackwell. He also works closely with the Recording Academy (NARAS), the organization behind The Grammy Awards.

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    Yann Pissenem

    Yann Pissenem is the partner, founder, CEO and artistic director of Ushuaïa, the first daytime open air club that has only recently changed the island of Ibiza in the last few years offering a different clubbing experience with some of the best Dj’s in the world playing on its decks.

    Founded in 2008 as a beach club in Playa d’en Bossa, Ushuaïa quickly turned into one of the most popular venues on the island with their famous DJ sets and people dancing under the blue sky until the sun went down. It was in 2011 when the beach club jumped into the next door neighbor and partnered with the Matutes family to become what it is now: Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel.

    After 6 years of adventures and a stronger brand that continue to grow, Ushuaïa is a must when visiting the white island during the summer season.

    Yann was born in Nancy, in the north east of France, on May 13th. He grew up surrounded by art and music and learned to play the piano at the age of 10. Since he was very young he had already practiced martial arts, a hobby that keeps him present. Yann studied Law in France and Tourism in Spain.
    In his early twenties Yann moved to Spain, and he became a successful businessman in Barcelona’s nightlife while running several places there.

    He settled in Ibiza in 2008 at the same time that he put his imprint on his first beach club. This was the beginning of countless nights dancing under the stars in an environment surrounded by nature – and this has lead to the profound success and evolution of Ushuaïa as we know it today.

    With no time to relax, Yann is unstoppable, and his magical mind is dedicated 24/7 to his businesses: “I’m happy with what I am doing right now, and I live my life working”, Yann says.
    The owner of the infamous club that turn its lights off at midnight, just before the others begin to open their doors, also is always supported by his young, faithful and energetic team so the brand continues to expand itself worldwide step by step.

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    B Traits

    Brianna Price aka B.Traits grew up in Nelson, British Columbia, a town where “half the people are hippies and half are rednecks.” Her path was set very early indeed. “Even at five, six years old, I was totally mesmerised by music channels and discovered electronic music, including British acts such as The Prodigy.” She soon found herself becoming a music selector and mixtape creator for friends and eventually DJing at local nights.

    Bri moved to Vancouver to study music production and would persuade DJs touring North America to come and play in the city. Brit originator DJ SS returned the favour and invited her to play on the World Drum’n’Bass tour. Having never travelled outside Canada, Bri found herself on a whirlwind journey ending in with a permanent move to London, the birthplace of the music she grew up loving.

    Bri kept DJing every weekend and working in the studio during the week and in 2007 whilst on tour with Shy FX she played him some of her early productions. Impressed with her skill as a producer and DJ he brought her into his record label, Digital Soundboy.

    In 2012 she released the rave / bass hybrid track ‘Fever’ on Digital Soundboy, hit the UK Top 40 and had the track upstreamed to a major record label.

    Meanwhile, she attracted the attention of Radio 1’s In New DJs We Trust. Within a year Bri became first choice when Radio 1 was seeking an official cover for Annie Mac.

    In September 2014 Bri was honoured with her own show as part of the legendary BBC Radio 1 Friday night line-up, bridging the gap between Pete Tong and the Essential Mix from 1-4am. She loves using her show to champion new underground artists as well as introducing her younger audience to the most influential masters of the scene, both current and historic.

    A skilled producer, club DJ and radio presenter, bridging underground music from techno to jungle to house. You should certainly expect the unexpected where B.Traits is concerned – but if there’s something you can predict, it’s that whatever comes next will be unique and it will be big.

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    Eelko van Kooten

    CEO, Spinnin Records, Netherlands

    Eelko van Kooten is one of Holland’s most well-known dance entrepeneurs. He gains fame with Spinnin’ Records, a label focused on dance music he starts in 1999 together with A&R specialist Roger de Graaf, and sees it grow out to be the most famous an biggest dance label in the world. Van Kooten and his imprint are responsible for discovering several world renowned DJs.

    Van Kooten isn’t a stranger to the music business. Born in 1970 in Holland’s media city Hilversum he sees his father Willem van Kooten reach national fame as radio DJ and program director Joost den Draaier. At a young age Eelko starts working at his father’s office, while also following his own path by finishing an education to become the country’s youngest certified real estate broker at age 22.

    Gaining more experience at his father’s music publishing company Nanada Music and record company Red Bullet (working as managing director from 2008 till 2012), Eelko also starts his own music publishing company in 1998: MusicAllStars Publishing. A year later the establishment of Spinnin’ Records is a fact.

    “Initially our music was released by other labels”, he says about this decision. “But both marketing, promotion as explotation were done very safe and unoriginal. I was convinced this could be done differently, getting better results. So I started my own label.”

    With dance music getting more popular, Spinnin’ Records quickly acquires a dominant and leading role. Van Kooten and partner Roger de Graaf release many hit records during the zero’s, reaching club crowds as well as mainstream audiences. It turns Spinnin’ Records into a world famous imprint, a dance mark with millions of followers on social media.
    While the music gets more known with the audience, so do the DJs, who grow out to be worldwide popular stars. To also accompany them in their careers Van Kooten therefore starts MusicAllStars Management in 2012. The first artists to sign here are Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens, followed by DJs like Sander van Doorn, Firebeatz, Quintino and Ummet Ozcan, receiving intense support in their musical as well as DJ careers.

    By now, Spinnin’ Records and MusicAllStars are the biggest in the field. For this accomplishment Van Kooten gets awarded with Dutch Industry Prize ‘De Veer’ early 2015. The jury report praises his strategy to ‘professionalize the dance industry by setting up tight publishing, label and management branches’. Besides this Spinnin’s approach to intensively use the internet as a promotional tool has been a revolutionary method in the music industry. Being extremely active on social media himself Eelko van Kooten turns out to be the perfect example of a modern label boss.

    Meanwhile, Van Kooten keeps on pushing his companies forward, continuously introducing new DJs and marketing tools. “Dance music’s popularity will only increase these next years”, he reflects on the future. “This is partly because the internet keeps enabling new possibilities to reach the audience. Experiencing dance music has actually become boundless; people in faraway countries in South America and Asia can also consume the newest records these days. This growing popularity has been going on for years now and the effect is only getting bigger. Which makes the future the more interesting for both artist and record company.”

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    Brian Tappert

    Brian Tappert is a music industry veteran from NJ, who’s career has spanned almost 3 decades.  

    Together with his long time friend and business partner Marc Pomeroy, Brian has traveled the world Dj’ing in the worlds most prestigious venues.  He has also produced and remixed some of the most beloved house music classics as part of Jazz-N-Groove, Urban Blues Project, Cleptomaniacs and Soulsearcher among others.  Brian and Marc are also responsible for one of the worlds finest record labels of the 90’s and early 2000’s, Soulfuric Recordings. 

    Most recently the pair have been quietly behind Traxsource, the worlds leading house music download site for Dj’s. Since its launch, Traxsource has become one the most respected sources for house and techno music on the planet and is appreciated for its artistic integrity.

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    José Woldring

    José Woldring is founder and CEO of The Media Nanny, one of electronic music’s foremost press and PR agencies, representing artists from across the whole spectrum of the dance world including Martin Garrix, Afrojack, Disclosure, Oliver Heldens, Hardwell, Joris Voorn and Jackmaster. Founded in 2010 while she was fresh out of college in the space of just a few years, José has grown The Media Nanny into one of the more formidable forces in global dance PR handling, every aspect of press and promotion for some its best-loved and most high profile names.

    José was born in in Groningen, in the north of Holland, but moved to Amsterdam in 2008 to pursue a career in music and ended up being scouted at a dance contest by MTV and was offered the job as one of their VJs. More comfortable making calls behind the camera than in front of it, she decided to go behind the scenes instead, pursuing a degree in Media & Entertainment Management at university. While studying, she juggled her degree with a part-time job in ad sales at a major radio channel, and then fresh out of college, joined the well-established Anna Agency, helping manage their artists’ press and social media presence.

    In 2010, José decided to strike out on her own, and The Media Nanny was born. Her initial relationship with Spinnin’ Records gave her the opportunity to work with a whole range of emerging talent like Martin Garrix and Oliver Heldens and as their profiles grew so did her company. Before long she had built up without doubt the most high profile PR roster in EDM with the likes of Afrojack, Harwell, Arty and DVBBS joining her books followed soon by more underground acts like Disclosure, Joris Voorn and Jackmaster. Whether it’s an international magazine cover, online coverage, radio station visits or TV features, The Media Nanny takes care of it all, with unrivalled global reach.

    With her tireless ‘can do’ work ethic, José Woldring, with support from her young, dynamic and ever growing team split between Amsterdam and LA, continues to expand the scope and the reach of The Media Nanny without ever losing the personal touch for which has become their trademark.

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    Eric Zho

    Founder, CEO, A2LiVE/ STORM Festival

    Eric is a veteran entertainment executive involved and engaged in all facets of the Chinese entertainment industry, with particular focus in multi-media programming, concert production, sponsorship, and entertainment marketing. Eric was one of pioneering members of the reality TV industry in China and has created enormously successful brands in television entertainment with an average viewership achievement of 100 million viewers per show and more for his top grossing television programs. In 2003, Eric created China’s first reality program, breaking historical ratings record for Shanghai Media Group’s Dragon TV. This program is credited as the first Idol programming of its kind, and later forever transformed prime time television in China

    In 2013, Eric made industry headlines once again with his launch of the STORM Electronic Music Festival brand in Shanghai. STORM was one of the largest festivals of its kind in Asia and China alike. Even in its first iteration the festival drew in a crowd of over 20,000 people and fielded an impressive lineup including Axwell, Zedd, Benny Benassi, Fedde le Grand, Jay Sean, Far East Movement, Icono Pop and others. With 15 years of experience in entertainment and an unprecedented insight into the Chinese market, he is leading the growth of EDM in China, involved in over 100 bookings per year in the EDM sector alone. Eric was the key force behind the major collaboration between DJ Superstar AVICII and Mando-Pop Star Leehom Wang. The result of which is the creation of world’s first mainstream Chinese EDM track that climbed to the top of the charts in China.

    Since the founding of A2LiVE in 2003, Eric has steadily tranformed the company over the period of a decade from a television production & concert promotion company to now an EDM and database driven entertainment company.

    Clients Eric has represented in the past include: Universal Music Group, IMF Channel, Clear Channel Communications, CCTV, SMG Dragon TV, Jiangsu Satellite TV, Zhejiang Satellite TV, Pepsi, Lay’s, Coca Cola, Sprite, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Samsung, English First, Volkswagen, Land Rover, L’Oreal, Yue-Sai Cosmetics, Estee Lauder, Dragon Airlines, Delta Airlines, Maxwell, Guang Ming, Dupont Lycra, Dupont Teflon, SEMIR, MAC Cosmetics, Guess Jeans, Diesel, Gibson Guitar, Credit Suisse, Master Card, Hilton Honors, Accenture Budweiser, Sennheiser, Ford Auto, Buick, Pernod Ricard, and more.

    Graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, Eric has also attended the NYU Tische school of the arts. He currently resides in Shanghai, China.

    Robert-Miles

    Robert Miles

    Robert Miles has been at the forefront of developments in electronic music for more than two decades as composer, record producer, DJ and now broadcaster.

    Selling more than 14 million records, playing to audiences in every corner of the globe, among his many accolades are a Brit Award, a World Music Award and multiple gold and platinum discs. Add to that his numerous soundtrack credits – ‘The Bourne Identity’ among them – and many artists would be happily content. But Robert Miles is a true pioneer and his most exciting times are happening right now.

    Born Roberto Concina, he began his musical journey playing classical piano and then creating alternative and electronic music while still in his teens, working in clubs and pirate radio stations in Northeast Italy.

    His first major single ‘Children’, which catapulted him to fame, was written in a single night after seeing photographs that his Father had taken of young people affected by the war in ex-Yugoslavia. ‘Children’ occupied the #1 spot in the Euro Top 100 chart for 13 consecutive weeks in 1996, selling over 5 million copies. It later became part of Robert’s debut album, ‘Dreamland’ which also received huge worldwide acclaim.

    In the course of his career since, Robert has released 5 groundbreaking albums including his most recent ‘Thirteen’ in 2011, and travelled the world many times, but it was on the island of Ibiza, his home since 2006, that OpenLab, a cutting-edge project bringing together culture, arts, media, technology and innovation, and his most ambitious project yet has been taking shape. Robert’s relationship with the island began in 1988, “it was a great time” he says “full of very colourful and eclectic people. There were parties all over the place, people just celebrating the joy of living and of great music.’’

    “Unfortunately that changed for many people in the years that followed, but not all of us. There were still a lot of people coming here for the same reason, the same spirit that drew people to the island in the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. It’s exactly that spirit, forward thinking and eclectic, which is the very essence of Ibiza and guides everything we do at OpenLab, the radio station which I founded on the island in 2012. Broadcasting it in the digital age, bringing together a global community of like-minded souls, first online, and now at live events. Re-imagining what Ibiza can be in this new millennium. We play only the very best in new, alternative, electronica and experimental music, 24 hours a day. On 106.4 FM in Ibiza and Formentera and online to the world at www.openlab.fm.”

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    Matthew Adell

    Matthew Adell has dedicated his career to connecting people with the mu- sic they love, beginning as a teenager working at a record store in subur- ban Chicago, to holding key positions at several influential music compa- nies. Prior to founding his newest venture MetaPop, Matthew was CEO of Beatport, where he oversaw the rapid growth of the company, and VP of Music Services at Napster, where he was charged with creative oversight of the company’s music programming and product initiatives. Other previ- ous positions include VP of Music Services at MusicNow.com, as well as senior positions at Amazon and Motorola’s Radiowave.com. He also was VP of Wax Trax! Records, where he signed the KLF, KMFDM and
    others, and later founded Organico, his own house music label and the original home to Derrick Carter and Dubtribe Sound System.
    Adell has been quoted as an expert source for the digital music industry and DJ/dance community by such outlets as The New York
    Times, NPR, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Variety and oth- ers. He has also been a featured speaker at such conferences as SXSW, Amsterdam Dance Event, International Music Seminar, CMJ, Winter Music
    
    Conference, Bandwidth Conference and New Music Seminar, among oth- ers.
    Adell’s new venture MetaPop is the premier global provider of
    Remix rights management, licensing, tracking, distribution and royalty ser- vices for Remixers and Rights Holders.

  • Pete-Tong

    Pete Tong

    There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.

    Having spent the majority of his life in England, Pete has recently resettled in Los Angeles to begin a new chapter in his life. He’s wasted little time establishing himself in the US, having helped inaugurate Clear Channel Entertainment’sEvolution dance brand in 2013 and recently expanding the programming to the extended two-hour segment, The Evolution Beatport Show with Pete Tong, broadcasting on 90 different Top 40 stations in the US.

    Meanwhile, his world famous BBC Radio 1 shows have only grown in popularity. Their collective reach has soared into the millions, broadcasting globally thanks to the BBC iPlayer. TheEssential Mix continues to be the Holy Grail of mix shows, while Tong’s Essential Selection is still the best place to premiere a new record.

    On the DJing front, Tong is currently championing three premier All Gone Pete Tong residencies in the US. Once a month, you can find him bridging the gap to the underground at Sound Nightclub in Los Angeles, while in Miami, he’s keeping the integrity of club culture alive at Story. His residency at the SLS Las Vegas sees him performing regularly at the brand new LiFE club, where he’s introducing a whole new palette of underground sounds to the party mecca. Finally, the All Gone Pete Tong brand has achieved global renown through world-class parties in Miami during WMC and Ibiza as well as dedicated stages at festivals like Creamfields, TomorrowWorld, and SW4.

    As a music producer, Tong has led an esteemed career over the years with notable releases on Pets Recordings, Ministry of Sound, Toolroom Records and more. His compilations have garnered critical acclaim–most notably 2013’s 60-track anthology, The Pete Tong Collection. More recently, he’s debuted on Suara with deep house anthem “The Bumps” alongside John Monkman, while also curating All Gone Ibiza 2014 alongside Tensnake for Defected as part of his All Gone Pete Tong compilation series.

    On the business side, Tong continues to be a prominent force in both the booking and A&R worlds. In 2008, he co-founded WME’s electronic music division alongside Joel Zimmerman, helping to turn the venture into one of the most powerful booking agencies in the world. He’s also relaunched his label FFRR, reclaiming his reputation for A&R and signing acts like Oliver Heldens, The Magician, Blonde and The Disciples. On top of this, Tong is responsible for founding The International Music Summit, which holds major events in Ibiza, Los Angeles and Singapore. Now in its 6th year, the event is viewed in the industry as The Premier Platform for Thought Leadership in Electronic Music.

    When all is said and done, one shudders to think what dance music would have been like without Pete Tong’s influence. Over the years, he’s played a crucial role in breaking new artists and changing the way people think about electronic music. With his new found home in Los Angeles, the British icon is looking to revolutionize the perception of dance music in America. If there’s anyone up for the task, it’s Pete Tong.

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    Mark Lawrence

    After spending 10 years in senior roles at PRS for Music, Mark moved on to combine his passion for Electronic Music with his experience in Membership Organisations by taking on the privileged role as the first Chief Executive of the Association for Electronic Music.  AFEM is the global Trade Body for the entire Electronic Music community, from Creators to Labels, Clubs to Live, Tech to Media.

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